Can I get acrylic nails put on my toenails?

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Keryflex restoration for damaged toenails available at Tanglewood Foot SpecialistsI know that you enjoy nice looking nails. Acrylic nails are very commonly used on the fingernails. Some salons will apply them to your toenails as well. This can be very problematic and has the potential to cause pain and infection.

Why Do You Need to Cover Up Your Toenails?

There are a few reasons why people feel the need to cover up their natural toenail. First of all, your nail may have a toenail fungal infection. Fungus appears as thickened and yellow toenails. Even when the infection is treated, it takes at least nine months for the toenail to grow out. I know you want a nicer appearing toenail before then!

Another cause of thick, discolored toenails is due to trauma. Trauma is very common on our feet: you can bump your toe, stub your toe, or have your toe stepped on. It's possible that it's not any major trauma other than repetitively hitting the end or the top of your shoe. While the damage is often temporary, it is possible that the damage can be lasting, which will lead you to find a way to cover up the damage.

The Problem with Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are hard and inflexible. While this isn't an issue on your fingernails, it poses a problem when you put your feet into a shoe. Your toenails flex as you walk and as you contact a shoe. Without this flexibility, the nail would embed into your toe and create an ingrown toenail. The pressure, even for a short time, can cause a severe toe infection to form. This infection will require a procedure to be done in the office. It is no different from how we would treat a natural ingrown toenail. It's better to avoid acrylic nails to prevent these problems from occurring.

Keryflex is a Solution

At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we offer a solution. We use an innovative technology known as Keryflex. Keryflex is is a keratin resin applied over your own toenail to provide a healthy appearing nail. Keratin is the same substance your natural nails are made of. Unlike acrylics, it is flexible and will not cause the same problems as acrylic nails. You can use nail polish and nail polish remover with the Keryflex toenail, as you would a regular toenail.

By the way, men often come in to have a Keryflex toenail applied to damaged or fungal nails during sandal season. We can make the nails not have a shine to it, so no one will know ou have anything but your own toenails.

Find Our if Keryflex is Right for You

We have had many satisfied patients, both men and women. They keep coming back to have Keryflex reapplied to their toenails. Some come just for the summer months. Others just before vacation. Others still come year round. Many have tried acrylic nails and found them to be either painful or inadequate.

Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to see if you are a candidate for Keryflex toenail restoration. In 30 minutes, you'll leave with natural appearing toenails and will love wearing sandals this summer.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.